Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry, Award-Winning Playwright
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry has the distinction of being the youngest American and the first Black playwright to be honored with the New York Critics’ Circle Award, which she achieved at age 29, for her timeless masterpiece A Raisin In The Sun. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she saw her parents’ successes in their careers and civil activism culminate in the Supreme Court case, Hansberry vs Lee, which favored her family, ruling restrictive property covenants illegal and allowing them to keep their home in a segregated neighborhood.

Lorraine’s personal activism took shape in her involvement with the Daughters of Bilitis, one of the first LGBT activist organizations. She used  her skilled approach in writing to stand for feminism and against homophobia in conjunction with the Civil Rights Movement. As an activist, she worked alongside other leaders such as Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, and James Baldwin. She lived a powerful life of varied accomplishments, until an illness took her life at age 34.

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